Cheers to Charity, a wine sale event, will be held to help raise funds for District 69 Backpack Program. (Submitted photo)

Cheers to Charity event in Qualicum Beach raises funds for District 69 Backpack Program

Proceeds from sale to help feed children during weekends

The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach is hosting a wine sale ‘Cheers to Charity’, featuring Tinhorn Creek Winery, to help raise funds for District 69 Backpack Program.

You can buy a case and all proceeds will go to the initiative that provides children with a backpack stocked with nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-eat food sent out every Thursday to Springwood Elementary, Oceanside Elementary, Arrowview, Errington Elementary, Bowser Elementary, Ballenas Secondary and Pass/Woodwinds so that children don’t go hungry during the weekends.

Those interested in purchasing wine can build a custom case from select red and white wines that include 2019 Pinot Gris, 2018 Chardonnay, 2018 Merlot, 2018 Cabernet Franc, 2018 Reserve 2 Bench White and 2017 Reserve Merlot.

RELATED: Donations needed for District 69 Backpack Program

You can pre-order at 250-240-0772 and there is a drive-through pickup at 105-222 West Second Ave., Qualicum Beach on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are only 150 cases up for sale.

On Nov. 20, Tinhorn Creek Winery will hold a virtual wine tasting for those who purchased the wine.

The backpack program, a non-profit group operated by volunteers, relies on donations and is constantly finding ways to generate funds. Its goal is to adopt 70 families annually and it costs $575 to feed a family.

If you just wish to donate, you can do some by dropping cheques in person at Borealis at 105-222 West Second Ave., Qualicum Beach. You can also donate via e-transfer to

Please include your full mailing address in the details for your tax receipt. For information, contact Virginia Worcester 250-240-0772 or visit

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